Files 50 Points Ahead As TCR Germany Nears Finale
Another win for Josh Files last Saturday, his fifth of the year, followed by a third place on Sunday at the Nurburgring extended the overall TCR Germany Championship lead to 50 points with just two rounds remaining.
The 25 year old Brit has been on amazing form all season, the results at the latest round even more impressive given that he was carrying 20kg of success ballast.
Arriving at the Nurburgring on the back of a win in race one at the Red Bull Ring in Austria Files was confident of building on an impressive season that has seen the Target Competition driver at the front of the field in every round so far.
A strong qualifying saw him third on the grid, but an engine penalty for a rival saw him promoted to second, a position that Josh took full advantage of romping home to win his fifth race of 2016 by over two seconds. Race two saw a podium charge from eighth on the grid to third at the flag, another solid drive that meant Josh now has one hand on the championship trophy.
Looking ahead the season finale is scheduled to take place at the Hockenheim circuit but with a fifty point lead it's not impossible for Josh to wrap things up next time out at Zandvoort in the Netherlands in a weeks time.
Josh Files - TCR Germany Series Leader: "Race one at the Nurburgring was good. I started second and led into turn one. I had a great battle with Oriola for the majority of the race as his car was lighter but with substantial speed difference you're never going to be able to shake your rivals off! The safety car came out for quite a lengthy period and I think he destroyed his tyres which allowed me to pull a nice 2.5s gap which I held to the flag. Race two I started from row four (8th) and after another nice start just set about picking them off one by one. Had another good fight with Oriola who shortcut the chicane and overtook me before frying his brakes. A few guys left a Honda sized gap which I seized to move further forward before I moved into third with two minutes to go. To get a podium from eighth was a really mega result for me and the whole Target Competition team as my nearest rival for the championship didn't score any points at all. All in all it makes up for the disappointment of race two at the Red Bull Ring and I can head to the Netherlands next week where although anything can happen we could be celebrating the title."
In addition to taking the TCR Germany crown Josh is also fully focused on building his fan base, taking dynamic steps as the season draws to a close to interact more with fans and supporters. His Twitter and Facebook pages have been enhanced as has his website.
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